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Sunday 20 April 2014

Reilly hints at new health bailout

Blames overruns on older people in system

HEALTH Minister James Reilly is signalling he will need a fresh bailout because of overspending in his department.
HEALTH Minister James Reilly is signalling he will need a fresh bailout because of overspending in his department.

HEALTH Minister James Reilly is signalling he will need a fresh bailout because of overspending in his department.

It would be the third supplementary budget for the Department of Health since Dr Reilly took office, but the minister is blaming the overruns on the high level of older people using health services.

"If we're a couple of euro over in the overall scheme of things, I don't want to be over budget but I accept fully in health we have a serious demographic issue to deal with," Dr Reilly said at the Fine Gael parliamentary party think-in in Laois.

"We have an ageing population and older people tend to have more than one illness and tend to be admitted for longer."

Meanwhile, ministers were being tight-lipped on Taoiseach Enda Kenny's announced that there will be a cabinet reshuffle in the coming months.

Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney said: "That's his choice. We'll leave those decisions to him."

Environment Minister Phil Hogan said:"That's a matter for the Taoiseach to make all the various appointments he has in Government."

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